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Book Discussion Can’t ‘Wait Till Next Year’

by Rod Jones

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will close the season with “Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin at 7 p.m. March 8. The discussion will be held in Walker Center room 151, located near the center of campus at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

The series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In her memoir “Wait Till Next Year” about her girlhood as an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan with her father, famed historian Goodwin also describes events taking place in her hometown and across the nation — the polio scare, the Army-McCarthy hearings, the quiet mood of the 1950s and her life as a devoted Catholic.

History professor emeritus Lloyd Musselman will lead the discussion.

This season’s theme is titled “Play Ball”: The American Sport Meets the American Dream. The series theme explores the literary side of the game of baseball. Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, says the game has held up as America’s pastime in its richness, breadth and depth of literature written about it.

“Through the common territory of the diamond on which these human dramas are played, they accomplish a great deal more in chronicling American dreamers and showing us how to live our lives authentically,” Winn said.

At each session in the series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Winn at 405-208-5472, e-mailing him at [email protected] or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

For more information, visit the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature website at okcufilmlit.org.

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